Book of Science Mysteries

In this volume, you will be able to explore a range of inspiring teaching materials selected from across a range of subjects. These materials are used in teacher training colleges throughout Europe to support enquiry-based learning in the sciences.


Molecular gastronomy in the chemistry classroom

(published on Science in School, issue 36, 26/05/2016 by TEMI Germany team: J. Dittmar, C. Zowada. S. Yamashita, I. Eilks)
Molecular gastronomy is a new trend in haute cuisine, with chefs providing their guests with novel and strange culinary experiences using liquid nitrogen, gels and foams. One of the techniques that is becoming more well known is the use of alginate spheres containing different fruit juices or flavours. Even if you don’t frequent Michelin-starred restaurants, you may have come across these spheres in bubble tea.
In this article, we suggest how alginate bubbles can be used to teach various scientific concepts, presenting scientific phenomena in an aesthetic fashion. We introduce how to make alginate bubbles and present three example experiments, each of which can be performed in a one-hour lesson: an acid-base reaction, chemo-luminescence with redox chemistry, and thermal convection with a thermochromic effect.

June 27, 2016

Off the beaten conference track

The editors of Spokes – the ECSITE online magazine – decided to take readers off the beaten ECSITE 2016 conference track and to ask five speakers whose unusual or edgy contributions intrigued the board to share their main message and conference highlights. Prof. Mennella was selected among 1,081 participants from 53 different countries to describe his experience at the conference and his contribution to the TEMI reverse session “Spectacular science: controversial?” Read the full article.

June 20, 2016

Teachers profiles

  • With TEMI, students are active participants in the discovery process and their ideas play an important part in the construction of scientific knowledge in the lesson.

    Margaret Duggan Keady (Ireland)

  • So far, my experiences with TEMI led to my consideration that TEM is a modern, student-oriented pedagogy that allows learners to follow and understand scientific inquiry and to have fun in finding scientific explanations for challenging scientific phenomena.

    Bettina Most (Germany)

  • TEMI offers an inquiry-based method of gaining scientific knowledge that uses “mysteries”, e.g. the “magic sand” or the famous cola-mentos fountain, as a starting point to make science classes the way they ought to be – fascinating.

    Jens Eschen (Germany)

  • TEMI Project promotes teaching science in a relevant and challenging way. TEMI Project promotes teaching science in a relevant and challenging way.

    Sharon Deutsch (Israel)

  • TEMI Project promotes teaching science in a relevant and challenging way. TEMI Project promotes teaching science in a relevant and challenging way.

    Pnina Yakirevitch (Israel)

Teaching the TEMI way

In this booklet, you will be introduced to an exciting new way to teach science in your classroom. TEMI incorporates four key innovations: the use of mysteries, the 5E cycle, presentation skills and gradual release of responsibility from the teacher to the learner.

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